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How to Fight Back Against “Alternative Facts” on ID: Join Us for the Summer Seminars!

David Klinghoffer

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I’ve been engaged in an email exchange with an editor at a respected publication, trying to get some “alternative facts” about intelligent design and our science education policy corrected. His reporter blew it and so far he won’t concede. Without revealing any names, because I really hope to get something fixed, I’m struck again by how resistant the media are to understanding what ID is and what its proponents advocate.

I may be wasting my time with this particular editor. [Update: I just heard back from him. Yep, I was wasting my time.] But in a wider context, and looking to the future, resisting the reign of fake science news denying design in nature is not futile. In fact, we are forging the future of the evolution debate here. We do so in the most intensive way when we train up-and-coming scientists — undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and grad students, plus a limited selection of professionals and scholars — each summer for nine days with our Summer Seminars on ID.

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There is a science track, and a humanities track: the Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, and the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society. Find more information here. The student body is diverse and fascinating. (Look here for reviews of the program by our graduates.) The faculty is stellar, including Stephen Meyer, Douglas Axe, Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, Ann Gauger, Richard Sternberg, John West, Paul Nelson, Robert Marks, Scott Minnich, Jay Richards, and more. The dates are July 7 to 15 — summer in the Pacific Northwest, the most beautiful season anywhere in the U.S. (And that’s a fact.) You may direct questions to us at cscseminar@discovery.org.

Let your friends know, and if you’re not a candidate yourself, there’s an important way you can help us to transform the terms of this profound debate. We extend financial assistance, but that’s not free. So please:

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At Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, raising up the next generation of scientists with a mind open to design evidence is arguably the most vital thing we do. They are out there already. Though we are protective of their identities, we know who many of them are. You may not, but you will someday.

I’m on Twitter. Follow me @d_klinghoffer.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.